Picnic spots in United Kingdom

Avon Valley Country Park

Avon Valley Country Park is located 4 ½ miles from the centres of both Bristol and Bath in the Avon Valley off the A4 near Keynsham along Pixash Lane. The park is open from spring to autumn from 10am-6pm, Mondays to Sundays, except bank holidays, (during children’s school holidays the park is open every day). There are concessions for senior citizens and under 2’s go free.

The park itself is designed as a riverside trail with well marked numbered signs with information about the many different animals, birds and plants. Along the nature trail there are fields of friendly and unusual animals including Shire Horses, Shetland Ponies, Fallow Deer and Donkeys, Llama and Wallabies, many breeds of Goat, Sheep and Cattle, several varieties of duck and wildfowl. Some of the animals are rare and exotic breeds and there is a compound with Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs. There are also pens with different kinds of Chickens, Turkeys and Geese and a special area containing the latest new-born baby additions to the park. There is a pet’s corner with guinea pigs, rabbits, goats chickens and a pony.

Small rowing boats are available free on the boating lake and there are also river boat trips. There are 20 good coarse fishing places along the 3/4 of a mile river park where you can catch carp, roach, perch, tench and eels.

Craigend Castle


Craigend Castle is situated in Mugdock Country Park near Milngavie, to the north of Glasgow. The castle was built in 1815 by James Smith and designed by Alexander Ramsay in a Regency Gothic style. Nearby Mugdock Castle also stands within Mugdock Country Park. Craigend was occupied variously by the Smith, Buchanan, Outram and Yarrow families, although it was later the home of Craigend Zoo towards the end of the 20th Century.

Breathtaking cliffs: Rhossili Beach, South Wales


Situated on the tip of the Gower Peninsula with commanding views across the Bristol Channel and towards Pembrokeshire, Rhossili has spectacular cliffs, burial cairns and mysterious shipwrecks visible at low tide, so there is plenty for the family to see here. There is also plenty to do on the three-mile-long sandy beach that is popular with fisherman, surfers and bathers. The clifftop walks from the National Trust visitor centre to the old coastguard lookout combine activity with marvellous views out to Worms Head. There are plenty of places to eat in the nearby village of Rhossili with views of the beach stretching out into the distance.

Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall


Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall A few miles east of the manic crowds at Newquay, the Bedruthan Steps consist of a series of volcanic rock stacks, rising from the beach like mini mountains and making for a great walk along the fine white sand and the rugged coastline. The waves and the undercurrent are pretty rugged here too and swimming is prohibited.

The National Trust has created paths at the top of the cliffs to limit the damage caused by the many visitors. Steps down to the beach are steep; the name Bedruthan Steps originates from even steeper, treacherous, roughly cut steps that led to the beach in Victorian times.


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